2017-18 Salary Increase Plan Implementation

Published: November 3rd, 2017

Category: Memos

Jodi Gentry, Vice President for Human Resources

I am pleased to share information about the 2017-18 salary increase plan for University of Florida faculty and staff (TEAMS and USPS), which was announced earlier this year by President Fuchs. The University of Florida’s salary increase plan is designed to recognize and reward the contributions of faculty and staff who demonstrate the University’s commitment to the highest levels of excellence in teaching, research, and service.

This year, the University has set an aggregate salary increase pool of 3 percent to be used for merit increases, with a range for individual increases of zero to more than 3 percent based on criteria established by colleges and units. Any raises awarded will be effective January 1, 2018.

Salary increases for employees in a bargaining unit are subject to union negotiation, and we are committed to working with the unions to reach agreement for covered employees. As previously communicated, UF and UFF reached an agreement regarding salary increases earlier this year. UF is currently engaged in discussions with representatives of the remaining bargaining units regarding salary increases. Another communication will be sent once agreement has been reached with each union.

Eligibility Criteria for Salary Increases
• To be eligible for any increase, employees must have been on payroll on or before June 30,
• Part-time faculty and staff are eligible for the salary increase. OPS employees are not
• As noted above, salary increases for employees in a bargaining unit are subject to union
The following employees are not eligible:
• Those with “below performance standards” or any below satisfactory performance designation (In
the absence of a current performance evaluation, employees will be considered to be at the
“satisfactory” or “achieves” performance level.)
• Faculty who are currently on a “performance improvement plan”
• Employees who have received notification of non-renewal or layoff
• Employees who have received discipline since January 1, 2017, in the form of a written
reprimand or suspension

For state-funded positions, the 3 percent salary increase pool will be allocated based on filled positions using funding distributions identified by the units in the Budget Prep System as of June 2017. Contract, grant, and auxiliary units are expected to fund all salary increases from existing sources. Regardless of funding, the salary increase pools may not be supplemented with additional funds to exceed 3 percent.

Salary Increase Process
Beginning November 27, departments and colleges will be provided access to an online list of current employees and their salaries to support the increases. Designated departmental staff or faculty will use this file to input any faculty and staff increases.

Instruction guides with directions on how to review the Raise Review File for both faculty and staff may be found on the Job and Position Actions Toolkit available at http://hr.ufl.edu/learnandgrow/toolkits-resource-center/human-resources-toolkits/job-and-position-actions/.

Additional information regarding the process, including a frequently asked questions section, may be found on the Classification and Compensation section of the UFHR website at http://hr.ufl.edu/manager-resources/classification-compensation/compensation/2018-salary-increases/.

Salary Increase Processing Calendar
• Monday, November 27, through close of business, Friday, December 15 – Raise Review File
available to departments for entering faculty and staff merit increases
• Tuesday, January 2 – Faculty and staff increases available for review in myUFL
• Friday, January 19 – First paycheck with merit increases, effective January 1 (includes pay
period January 1-11)

Florida Minimum Wage Increase
It was also recently announced that the Florida minimum wage will increase from $8.10 to $8.25 per hour—a 1.86 percent increase—effective Jan. 1. UFHR will identify those OPS employees who will be impacted—including student employees—currently earning an hourly rate less than $8.25 per hour. In December, HRS will implement an automated process to implement the salary increase.
Departments with questions regarding the salary increase program or about the Florida minimum wage increase may contact Classification and Compensation at (352) 392-2477. You may also e-mail your questions to salaryincrease@ufl.edu.

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